|Power Source||AC, DC|
|Frequency range||174-230MHz, 470-862MHz|
|No. of Elements||9|
I bought two of these TV antenna's so we did not have to have a TV rotor. The TV stations (we get) are located about 180 deg from each other, one to the north and other to the south (and one 90 deg in between). We don't have line of site to all the stations, and this required raising the antenna's about 5 foot higher above the peak of the roof (we're up about 25 ft), then we had no issues getting all the local stations. I had to use a switch box to switch between antenna's, using a combiner to join the signals from the two antenna's did not work as planed, actually cause us to completely lose a couple of the channels. These antenna's work very nicely, for what they are, not only do they bring in all our local channels 99.9% of the time, we had a VHF channel come in from 75 miles away too. We get all 7 local stations with no problems, much better then the amplified TECK outside ant. that clipped on a satellite dish. I liked the rear mounting function, can have both on the same mast and that the cable attaches at the mounted end.
I'm so excited, I just had to post a review. With this antenna, we now have 28 crystal clear, full signal stations. Our transmitters are 55-60 miles away-trees, houses, obstacles and who knows what, but we are so happy with all of the locals plus PBS both Oregon and Idaho and more for free! With this antenna and Roku, we are in TV heaven. It took my husband about 10 minutes on the phone to cancel Dish Network because they are highly trained to try to talk you out of cancelling. These stations are coming in much clearer than they were with Dish - for free! We have a much better variety now for under 20.00 @ month with Netflix and Amazon. Beats the heck out of our previous bill of $105.00 @ month!
The only problem that we had was the booster. We put it in the house and had no signals at all for many hours of messing with it. My husband got the idea to move it to the garage, closer to the antenna and voila! 28 stations. I just wish the antenna info would give us this tip in the brochure. We were at the point of sending it back and trying different brand. Glad we didn't, though-very happy now. Persistence usually pays off.
I tried using this directional antenna inside my attic, as our homeowner's agreement prohibits antennas on the roof. Most of the TV stations in our local area are pretty close to each other, so this antenna received the majority of the stations crystal clear. Unfortunately, a few of the stations were not in the same direction as the others, so I could optimize the reception for the main group of stations or the other stations, but not for all of them simultaneously. So I ended up getting an omnidirectional antenna that worked better for my current location. That antenna was also by 1byone. If you are farther away from the stations, and they are all relatively close together, then this antenna is the better choice. It depends on your situation.
EDIT: I updated the rating to four stars because 1byone refunded me half the purchase price.
I was 'elated' when I received this item...I've used three similar items from RCA, that I had 'loved', but recently wasn't getting the normal reception of 40+ stations. (I think Comcast had something to to with that when they converted their lines to requiring a converter box for EVERY receiver).
However, when I got this antenna, I didn't have to purchase a separate pre-amp as with the RCA brand. Also it was easier to expand/spread the antenna 'wings'. But alas, I was still only able to get about 15 stations, and almost 'nothing' from the VHF stations. Then suddenly one day, I was only getting about six stations on two UHF channels. After researching, re-assembling, and re-wiring...I noticed the light on the preamp had gone out. Don't know what happened and don't know why I can't get the 30+ stations anymore. The antenna is outside, about 8' high. There are a lot of trees in the path, but I've been able to angle a path.
Was going to try an omni-directional one and/or use multiple antennas, but I've heard that the multipath can interfere too.
Writing this in a review and to 1byone too...and will take advice/suggestions from either source.
WOW! I pull so many free channels now without any signal issues. You can opt to leave it unplugged for totally free TV (no electricity to power), or plug it in for even more channels! I am able to just leave it unplugged for most things, but if I need to pull a weak signal, I can just plug it in. I live about 30 miles outside of the twin cities and pull everything (50 channels ish) Installation was pretty straightforward and easy.
Try to keep the antenna as for away from your roof in an attic installation as possible, the closer you get to the roof, the more chance you have of getting some interference from the building materials. You maybe tempted to put it up as high as you can, but you maybe better off keeping it a bit lower so as not to get too close to the sources of interference, or at least that is what I read. When I set it up, it worked immediately, so I never had to troubleshoot the installation.
Good quality. Receives channels 50 miles away. I bought a second one to get
channels from another direction.
I am more pleased, the longer I use this item.
I recommend it to everyone.
It is about one quarter the size of
the antennas I did have which were
I have been using an amplified works that Amazon sells for over a year and have been rather pleased with it until recently. For some reason it stopped receiving the signals as clearly and practically received no signal in the evenings. I don't know what changes in the evening with the broadcast antennas, but it seems something does/has recently. I figured I would try this one because now that we are in a regular house, the leaf type wasn't necessary. The box arrived late in the evening before the scheduled delivery day (tomorrow). I immediately unpacked the simple packaging and went outside to get it setup. It took me about 10 minutes to get it setup. The channels are all clear and this includes channels that were too weak to tune into for months (I was able to see them when I first setup the leaf antenna, but something must have happened to the broadcast signal which caused me to lose it.) Anyway, my point is it seems to be working way better than the leaf one. If there is anything I wish was done better with this product, it would be the power cord and the coaxial cable that is supplied. The power cord for the amplifier is rather short and the coaxial cable that comes with it is also short. It also only comes with one coaxial cable when in most situations, a second is required to connect it to a splitter if your house is already wired up for multiple TVs.
Anyway, I have obviously only been using this antenna for about an hour, but I am impressed. It works great! My location is in a valley so direct line of sight to areas where the broadcast antennae are located is not possible. My Verizon cell phone barely has service here so this antenna works well!
I just finished installing the antenna in the attic a few minutes ago. Went to web site to find out where to point it. The antenna at this moment is working great. All of the local channels I was wanting to receive are in the 42 to 46 mile range. All of the channels i was wanting are showing 4 out of 5 bars on my signal strength. Every channel scanned wasn't 4 out of 5. But the main ones i wanted were. After I scanned for channels, showed i was receiving around 40. I live in hilly and wooded area in AL. If the the antenna keeps it up like this, It will be great. I was worried after reading some of the critical comments about antenna. But so far, so good here. I would recommend the antenna.Except for snaking cable through wall, everything was a breeze setting it up.
While this antenna did pick up all of the local channels, the GE 24792 Attic Mount Antenna was $13 cheaper and pulled in a stronger signal according to my TiVo signal meter. This was the case with and without the amplifier plugged in to the 1byone antenna. The amp actually did not improve the strength when it was installed. I tried the line direct to the box, and then installed the amp between them and the signal stayed the same according to TiVo. The RCA mentioned before was not connected to an amp so it saves electricity, was cheaper, smaller footprint, and got a better signal.
I tried a few antennas including the thin in home ones but they did not work great either and were an eyesore. In attic mounting hides everything well and I was able to splice into the existing for a clean install.
Worked well for us, attached to our current satellite dish, and after a little moving around we were able to get about 13 channels, 7 of them actual good channels that we would watch, which is what I expected. The channels we did get were crystal clear, comparable to normal HD tv from satellite. Took about 10 minutes for set up.